Rocket Explodes at US Embassy in Afghanistan on 9/11 Anniversary

Continue commitments to Afghan security forces in fight against terrorism Syed Akbaruddin to international community

He will observe a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m., to mark when the first plane hit the North Tower of the World Trade Center, before delivering remarks to honor "the almost 3,000 lives that were tragically stolen from us on September 11, 2001", according to a White House spokesman.

A huge rocket blast was reported near the United States embassy in Afghanistan early Wednesday local time - just minutes into the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, officials said.

Trump's 9/11 speech on Wednesday came just five days after he called off USA talks with the Taliban, abruptly ending almost a year of hopeful negotiations by a State Department envoy who said he was on the "threshold" of a peace agreement aimed at ending the conflict.

There were no injuries reported. Warning terrorist groups of any such misadventure in future, Trump said, "And I'm not even talking about nuclear power".

"They're dead. They're dead", Mr. Trump wrote.

"President Trump ultimately made the decision", Pompeo said, according to Reuters.

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For almost a year, US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad has been negotiating with the Taliban on issues including a USA troop withdrawal and Taliban guarantees to keep Afghanistan from again becoming a launch pad for global terror attacks.

Trump cancelled a "secret" summit with Taliban leaders and his Afghan counterpart last week after the insurgent group claimed responsibility for a deadly attack in Kabul that killed an American soldier and 11 others, dealing a body blow to protracted negotiations that were nearing a peace deal to end America's longest war.

Mr Trump's remarks came after he aborted what would have been a historic Afghanistan peace summit, and as relatives remembered the victims of the deadliest terror attacks on USA soil at ceremonies in NY and Washington. In his address at the Pentagon memorial, Trump said, "18 years ago, the terrorists struck this citadel of power and American strength, but the enemies soon learned that they could not weaken the spirit of our people".

Trump's move ended a almost year-long diplomatic process led by veteran United States diplomat Zalmay Khalilzad, who held nine rounds of talks with the Taliban, mostly in Qatar. "He said, 'I want to talk to (President) Ashraf Ghani. One was jihad and fighting, the other was talks and negotiations", he said.

"It looks to me as if this one wasn't quite there", she said. The bombing left 12 people dead, including an American serviceman (the fourth USA soldier killed in two weeks) and a Romanian soldier.

About 30 Taliban militants were killed in an airstrike in Afghanistan's Takhar province, a local source said on Wednesday.

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